Category: Tips

How to survive the expat life

How to survive the expat life

Like it or not, to travel is to become a stranger. To live in a new place is to get labeled “the Foreigner”. Hard as it can be at times, it is also pretty rewarding to live the expat life – to be The Foreigner. […]

A few gained truths from travelling

A few gained truths from travelling

It may sound pretty cliché, but there honestly is no school that will teach you what you’ll learn through travelling. I don’t think I ever really understood what people meant when they talked about “gaining life experience through travelling”. I just always smiled and nodded […]

The oldest pub in South Africa

The oldest pub in South Africa

Did you know the oldest pub in South Africa is located in Buitenkant Street in Cape Town? Yup. Even though it was built way-back-when in 1808, Perseverance Tavern or “Persies” only got its official wine and malt license in 1836. It was supposedly the tavern of choice for: “Cape […]

A crash course on Italian coffee culture

A crash course on Italian coffee culture

It’s one thing moving to a new city, it’s a completely different thing moving to a new country. And if you’re going to be a stranger in a new place, you at least want to do it with a good cup of coffee in your hand, right? […]

Random habits easily picked up in Italy | part II

Random habits easily picked up in Italy | part II

Naturally, living in Italy being surrounded with delicious edible things all the time I’ve acquired some new food and drink related habits, as mentioned in my previous post (which needs to be updated by the way). But apart from that I think there are some […]

Understanding Italian hand gestures

Understanding Italian hand gestures

I recently came across this video of Dolce&Gabbana male models explaining Italian hand gestures perfectly. You are welcome.    

Random habits easily picked up in Italy | part I

Random habits easily picked up in Italy | part I

I’ve always been fascinated with habits. I am typically one of those who read every article there is on habits and I too often try the “21 days to form a new habit” thing – and unfortunately usually fail at that. Except for cutting out sugar in my […]

A sneaky way to eat on the cheap in Italy (and score a drink)

A sneaky way to eat on the cheap in Italy (and score a drink)

Okay, so I knew the food was going to be amazing here in the ‘boot’ country. But no one really prepared me for it. What makes me anxious and excited at the same time is that there are still so many places I have to […]

The story of the “Sacred Mountain of Varese”

The story of the “Sacred Mountain of Varese”

Living in an area in Italy which is in a strange sense similar to the Fish Hoek or Pinelands of Cape Town by looking at its inhabitants (those Fish Hoek and Pinelands locals will know what I mean a.k.a a community of elderly citizens, to […]

Italian 101: Greetings

Italian 101: Greetings

So the first few Italian classes I’ve had was pretty intense. I don’t really know what else I expected from an “intensive course”. I have a suspicion my biggest mistake was missing the first, introductory class. Whether that is the truth or not, I feel […]

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